Instacation in Kenya
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Welcome to Kenya! When you think of Kenya, the first thing that pops up in our minds is safari, and friends you will not be disappointed! Get ready to see throngs of wildebeest thundering across the savanna during the Great Migration, spot more lions than you can possibly count, share a meal with giraffes, come eye-to-eye with elephants & its cubs or marvel at the sight of a thousand pink flamingoes! The best part is that- this is not all! Beyond the world-famous safari parks, Kenya has some of the most stunning coastlines with pearly beaches to lounge on and oceans that are brimming with a vibrant variety of fishes and corals! You could snorkel or dive into the fish-rich coral reefs or if you’re up for some heavy duty trekking, you could hike up the snowy Mt. Kenya. From snow covered mountains to stunning coastlines to lush African forests, all of it topped with really friendly locals. Kenya has it all!
The best time to visit Kenya would be in the dry season which is from June to October. It is best to visit during the dry season as the lack of thick bushes makes it all the more easier to spot wildlife! Also this is the perfect time to witness the Great Migration where each year, over a million wildebeest and other animals make their way across the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Without taking up any more of your time, let’s get started with all the MUST HAVE experiences, when in Kenya –
Start your Kenyan expedition with the capital city of Nairobi plainly because of the availability of regular flights from around the world. The bustling city of Nairobi has a lot to offer to travellers. Starting with stay alternatives, you could spend a night at Giraffe Manor where giraffes often peek their heads through the hotel windows in search of a snack or you could pick from plenty of budget friendly Air BnB apartments.
You could book a day trip to Nairobi National Park and spend time spotting wild animals such as cheetahs, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, lions, and wide variety of birds or visit the Giraffe Centre or the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary! In the evening you can walk around the city markets, buy some souvenirs, munch on some delicious local food and get a taste of the African culture! Nairobi also has a lively nightlife scene, so if you want to dance the night away, head to one of the nightclubs in the city!
2. HELLS’S GATE NATIONAL PARK & LAKE NAIVASHA
One of the most popular day trips from Nairobi is to the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park. You can hire cycles from the National Park and cycle around exploring the fascinating geothermal landscape of this beautiful reserve with towering sandstone cliffs and deep gorges all the while getting up close and personal with warthogs, giraffes, zebras and more! Don’t worry, it is absolutely safe to cycle around as this park doesn’t have carnivorous animals who would mistake you for prey! Start early in the morning when the climate is cooler and the park is less crowded.
In the evening, head to the neighboring town situated in the Rift Valley called Naivasha. This town is home to the serene Naivasha Lake where you should without fail book a sunset cruise! Cruise through the lake amidst lazing hippos, unique birds and fisherman busy catching fish, all in the backdrop of a spectacular sunset!
3. LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Another one of Kenya’s wildlife rich national parks is Lake Nakuru National Park which is not too far from Naivasha. This reserve is home to the highly endangered rhinos, which if you’re lucky, you could spot during your safari. Apart from rhinos, you can spot water buffaloes, flamingoes, baboons, gazelles and even some lions! The park has some stunning waterfalls and spectacular vantage points offering panoramic views of the entire reserve. Spend a day here glamping at one of the many camping sites in the region.
4. MASAI MARA
From Lake Nakuru head over to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve to experience one of the best African Safaris of your life! Since Masai Mara is so famous, all the accommodation around the area is quite pricey. So if you’re on a budget you could stay at campgrounds which are slightly outside the reserve which offer stay options at much lower rates and some of them can even arrange game drives for you. Spend atleast 2 days if not more as there is no place quite like Masai Mara with its abundant wildlife, a chance to watch the great migration, a safari through the scenic landscapes along with an interactive indigenous cultural experience. The park is famous for the Great Migration, when thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle travel to and from the Serengeti, from July through October. Apart from that you can spot more lions, leopards & cheetahs than you could count and of course herds of wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, hippos, elephants, baboons, warthogs, hyenas, crocodiles and so on and so forth!
After an adventurous time out in the wild, head over to Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage city, where the primary mode of transportation is on donkeys! Yes, you heard us right. This is because no cars are allowed within the walls of this city which is considered to be the oldest living Swahili Town. Allow yourself to get lost in the winding streets of Lamu that have changed negligently over the past 100 years and spend an evening lounging on the serene beaches enjoying another breathtaking African sunset!
A short cheap flight from Lamu will get you to the city of Malindi, from where a short matatu (taxi) ride from the airport will bring you to the laid back,artsy town of Kilifi. If you want a glimpse into the true Kenyan life, Kilifi is where you need to be. Spend a day wandering around town, exploring the graffiti, eating at local restaurants, shopping at the local markets and right around sunset, head to the creek for a dhow ride during sunset. Dhows are traditional boats used for trading and fishing. Saving the best for the last, the creek is bioluminescent, and hence after dark, the creek lights up to become all shimmery, glowy and magical! A nighttime swim is a must at Kilifi Creek!
Just a little north of Kilifi is another beautiful beachside town called Watamu. If you are short on time, there are day trips available from Kilifi to the beaches of Watamu. However, if you do have time, do set aside atleast a day to lounge around on the pearly beaches of Watamu and swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters exploring corals! Apart from this you can also set out to explore the ancient ruins which are tucked away in a jungle up the coast.
8. DIANI BEACH
No Kenyan itinerary would be complete without a visit to the pristine Diani Beach with its long white sandy coastline and turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean! Your Kenyan beach vacation is not over without spending some quality time swinging on a hammock, sipping on pina colada and soaking in the sunshine! When you get bored of lying around, you could also skydive, scuba dive, snorkel or kite surf out here on Diani Beach! Do stay around for a picturesque sunset on the beach before heading out for a night filled with dancing or a quiet romantic dinner!
The final destination of your Kenyan expedition is in Mombasa which is a short ferry ride from Diani. Mombasa is an ancient city, rich with Swahilian history and culture. Spend your time exploring this historic Swahili coast city on foot, making sure you allow time for the UNESCO-listed Fort Jesus. Visit the local markets and indulge in some delicious street food. There are plenty of international flights from Mombasa or take a 4 hour train ride to Nairobi Airport!
10. MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
This one is not for the faint hearted! Located in the central highlands of Kenya is Mount Kenya National Park which is home to the highest peak of the country- Mount Kenya that stands at a staggering height of 17,000 feet! There are many guided tours available to summit Mount Kenya, which is a five day long trek. The scenery varies from glaciers, lakes, and mineral springs to alpine forest and dense pockets of bamboo. So if you’re up for some serious hiking adventure, go on and summit Mount Kenya!
Kenya is home to plenty of other stunning reserves such as the Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba Reserves and the list goes on. All of these reserves are worth visiting as the sight of wild animals running wild and free in the open, leaves us awestruck and brings a lot of joy! Kenya is a beautiful country through and through that too with the friendliest locals. Amidst all the other things that you can do in Kenya one thing that you absolutely MUST do is take some amazing pictures of your incredible Kenyan vacation and we recommend that you leave that to the professional vacation photographers from Travographer. Our photographers are the best at what they do and are locals; hence they’ll know all there is to know about the best locations for an incredible photo shoot! So go on and hire one of our photographers to follow you around as you create beautiful memories in Kenya!